Dr. Michael Johnson, The Leadership LevelUp Podcast - Ep. 49

In the latest episode we welcome Dr. Michael Johnson to the show for an insightful discussion on leadership, influence, and the power of connection. Dr. Johnson, a respected figure in higher education, shares his profound wisdom and experiences that have shaped his leadership journey.

Born from a family background steeped in leadership roles within the church and administration, Dr. Johnson emphasizes the importance of supportive leaders and followers in driving effective leadership. He reflects on the profound impact of influential figures in his life, such as Gracie Bumpus, Larry Ryan, and Mary Meredith, who instilled in him the values of racial harmony, understanding, and individual investment.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Johnson and Jeff underscore the critical balance between strong vision and humility in leadership. They stress the significance of leaders who prioritize the success and growth of their team over personal glory, fostering inspiration through trust and aspiration rather than fear.

Dr. Johnson’s unwavering commitment to treating everyone with worth and dignity shines through as he shares his heartfelt beliefs on leadership and influence. His passion for empowering others is evident, as he discusses his desire to retire and spend quality time with his sons while remaining involved in impacting lives.

As the conversation delves into the significance of winning the hearts and minds of those within an organization, Dr. Johnson shares impactful insights drawn from his diverse experiences and the invaluable lessons learned from pivotal individuals throughout his life.

Join us on this illuminating episode of Converge, delving into the transformative power of leadership, influence, and personal connection.

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Meet Your Guest

Dr. Michael Johnson

Dr. Michael Johnson has been the Aide to the President for Special Projects at Trevecca University for over 26 years. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and received his Doctorate in Education, and he is also the host of his podcast, Michael in the Middle. His research explores the link between generosity, life satisfaction, and organizational commitment.  His commitment to positive change is evident in his strategic projects and collaborative approach. From a B.S. in Communication and Human Relations to leadership roles, his educational journey reflects a lifelong dedication to learning and impact.

About the Leadership LevelUp Podcast

Being a boss and a leader are very different. A boss tells you what to do and a leader partners with you in the process. Jeff, being a leader of leaders, has a vast knowledge of best practices and exercises to discover leadership traits. Brian shares stories with Jeff about the ups and downs of his leadership quest while talking to business and community leaders to discuss their personal leadership journey. Who influenced them? What do they do when they have a bad day? What gives them inspiration? Do french fries or tacos or ice cream make them feel better after a bad day? Through laughter and casual conversation, Brian and Jeff explore all aspects of good leadership.

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Dr. Jeff Williamson

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